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2014 Christmas Season Schedule

Christmas Eve Morning – December 24
9:00 am – Holy Mass – Zechariah’s Canticle

Christmas Eve – Wednesday – December 24
4:30 pm – Holy Mass – Children’s Homily
7:00 pm – Holy Mass with Choir
12 Midnight – Holy Mass

Christmas Day – Thursday – December 25
10:00 am – Holy Mass – The True Light

New Year’s Eve – Wednesday – December 31
4:30 pm – Vigil Mass – Mary, Mother of God

New Year’s Day – Thursday – January 1
9:00 am – Holy Mass – Mary, Mother of God

The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 3
– 4:30 pm
Sunday, January 4 – 9:00 am, 10:30 am

The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 10
– 4:30 pm
Sunday, January 11 – 9:00 am, 10:30 am

My Brothers and Sisters in the LORD,

How crucial is the predisposition of our own will to the miracle God wants to give us. It is this predisposition of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s will that sets apart her “YES” to God – her Fiat. Her heart was set on what her heart was made for. Consider the following true story.

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the Canadian Open was in full swing at the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. Thirty-one-year-old U.S. golfer Hunter Mahan was leading the championship by two strokes – primed to capture the first-place prize of more than a million dollars.

After a rain delay of eighty minutes, Mahan was on the driving range warming up for his 2:50 p.m. third round tee off. Suddenly, his agent, Chris Armstrong, rushed up to him holding out a cellphone. Mahan took the phone, spoke briefly, exited the golf course, packed his gear, and headed off in a car to the airport.

What made Mahan quit his sure shot at victory?

On the phone was Mahan’s wife Kandi, who was pregnant with their first child. Her due date was August 16, but Kandi had already gone into labor and was calling from a car enroute to the hospital. This startling news caused Mahan to drop everything and rush to the Dallas hospital, where he arrived in plenty of time. Their daughter, Zoe Olivia Mahan, was born at 3:36 a.m. on Sunday, July 18.

The announcement of the coming of a baby moved Mahan, without a second thought, to turn his back on fame and glory. He chose to be with his wife at the birth of their child. For this stunning, virtuous act it seemed as though all the world applauded him in awe.

What are our priorities in the frantic rush of modern life? Reflect today on the Gospel of the Annunciation and the Incarnation. Does this angelic announcement of the coming of Baby Jesus have the same effect on us as the message Hunter Mahan received about the coming of his daughter?

May no earthly undertaking hinder anyone who sets out in haste to meet Jesus.

Peace and prayers,

Father Michael


 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
Saint Katharine Drexel